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  • Thought-Provoking Insights on the Revolutionary War

    Thought-Provoking Insights on the Revolutionary War

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    A Conference Report By Nancy Spannaus June 18, 2022—Approximately 140 people gathered June 10-12 in Johnstown, New York for the yearly Conference on the Revolutionary War in the Mohawk Valley sponsored by New York’s Fort Plain Museum. They were treated to a series of 11 lectures, most of which featured […]Read More »
  • The American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley

    The American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley

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    By Nancy and Edward Spannaus FORT PLAIN, NEW YORK, June 12, 2022—Before there could be an American System of Economics, there had to be an American Revolution, right? So, we decided to avail ourselves of an opportunity to explore the part of the Revolutionary War that occurred June 10-12 in […]Read More »
  • Class Available: Why American Slavery Persisted

    Class Available: Why American Slavery Persisted

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    By Nancy Spannaus June 2, 2022—As many of you who follow this blog know, I am in the throes of writing a book on Why American Slavery Persisted. I have posted a series of elements from my research on the blog, as you may have seen. I have also given […]Read More »
  • Why Do We Celebrate Our Nation?

    Why Do We Celebrate Our Nation?

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    By Nancy Spannaus June 1, 2022—Memorial Day, which we celebrated earlier this week, marks the beginning of what I would call the patriotic season. Three national holidays occur over the course of a little more than a month: Memorial Day is followed by Flag Day on June 14, which is […]Read More »
  • The Fight for the Tennessee Valley Authority

    The Fight for the Tennessee Valley Authority

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    Securing a Future for “Generations Yet to Come” By Nancy Spannaus May 18, 2022—On May 18, 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed legislation creating the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a private corporation supported by government funding with the mission of lifting one of the nation’s poorest regions out of abject […]Read More »
  • A Transcontinental Railroad for Today

    A Transcontinental Railroad for Today

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    By Nancy Spannaus May 10, 2022—There are few infrastructure projects more important for the United States today than high-speed rail. The building of a national high-speed rail network for freight is essential for resolving troublesome bottlenecks in the supply chain and boosting productivity overall. The impact on moving people would […]Read More »
  • Hopeful Signs on Nuclear Power’s Future

    Hopeful Signs on Nuclear Power’s Future

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    By Nancy Spannaus May 5, 2022—A series of recent developments on the national, international, and state levels, have given reason for some optimism that the world, including the United States, will halt its ongoing withdrawal from nuclear fission power, the cleanest and most efficient energy source available today. Therein lies […]Read More »
  • Preparing to Celebrate Lafayette’s Tour

    Preparing to Celebrate Lafayette’s Tour

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    By Nancy Spannaus April 23, 2022–One year before the 250th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the nation will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the visit by one of the leading figures of the American Revolution, the Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette’s tour of all 24 U.S. states, as a […]Read More »